Across the Zodiac: The Story of a Wrecked Record is a science fiction novel by Percy Greg, who has been credited as an originator of the Sword and planet sub-genre of science fiction. The book details the creation and use of apergy, a form of anti-gravitational energy, and details a flight to Mars. The planet is inhabited by diminutive beings; they are convinced that life does not exist elsewhere than on their world, and refuse to believe that the unnamed narrator is actually from Earth. (They think he's an unusually tall Martian from some remote place on their planet.) The book's narrator names his spacecraft the "Astronaut." The book contains what was probably the first alien language in any work of fiction.
This two-volume novel is credited as an originator of the "sword and planet" sub-genre. Greg's tale details the development of an anti-gravity technology called apergy. The narrator uses it to travel to Mars in 1830 in a spacecraft named the Astronaut. The Martians he meets are short, diminutive creatures who do not believe that the narrator is from another planet. The book contains what was probably the first alien language in any work of fiction.
If you're a fan of swashbuckling interplanetary science fiction, add Across the Zodiac to your must-read list. This wildly imaginative novel, originally published in 1880, helped to originate the genre. This entertaining read offers the perfect blend of compelling science, creative details, and rousing adventure.
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